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  •  OK, some suggestions. (2+ / 0-)
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    I humbly offer my reactions to the last 2 Hunger Games books, for whatever they're worth.

    1. Seems like EVERY friggin' chapter would end with some new crisis blowing up, to manipulate the reader into going ahead with the next chapter. This is what cheap TV series do. That's what I was referring to when I said the author didn't trust her characters and story to keep the reader interested. It's like the author saw me as a target to be manipulated into submission, rather than as a peer who might enjoy or find meaning in what she enjoys or finds meaning in.

    2. As I noted above, the grimness and violence seemed so over-to-top, forced.

    3. The technology didn't add up. OK, I know, it was fiction. But still--they have all this fabulous tech for the game arenas, but their aircraft haven't advanced to the point of a 1916 Sopwith Camel? But they have hovercraft, which are obviously significantly more sophisticated? Give me a friggin' break. That was an obvious gimmick so that the hero could shoot the hovercraft with a bow and arrow. Again, it felt like the author was manipulating me; it's not good to treat your reader as an adversary.

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    by HeyMikey on Sat May 11, 2013 at 08:30:45 PM PDT

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    •  It was supposed to be some kind of weird sci-fi (3+ / 0-)

      arrow, though shot from a traditional bow. Only problem is, the future society has automatic weapons, which could have riddled Katniss with bullets in the time she needed to nock an arrow and draw her bow.

      The attack on the Capitol (sic) made no sense because the author has spent 2 and 1/2 books telling us the Capitol government produced nothing but the Hunger Games and oppressive laws. One week of siege would be enough to sweat them out. The attack on the Capitol happened so that certain characters could die to set up the final confrontation between Katniss and President Coin.

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      by Kimball Cross on Mon May 13, 2013 at 09:52:17 AM PDT

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    •  you R correct--she wasn't writing to you as a peer (1+ / 0-)
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      Hunger Games was young adult literature.

      books written for that age group are often constructed like that.

      supposedly young adult readers follow action rather than character at that age.

      not everyone is JK Rowling, able to write at a level both children and adults can enjoy

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      by TrueBlueMajority on Mon May 13, 2013 at 11:55:30 AM PDT

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